Paul Daley: I’d like to fight K.J. Noons after I knock out Scott Smith

StrikeForce welterweight contender Paul ”Semtex” Daley has expressed an interest in taking on K.J. Noons, but only after he knocks out Scott Smith. Daley is set to take on Smith at StrikeForce: St. Louis which takes place on December 4th and is headlined by Dan Henderson vs Renato Sobral. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently stated on MMAWeekly Radio that the winner of the Daley vs Smith bout would take on Brazilian scrapper Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos and that bout would decide who is the number one contender for the StrikeForce welterweight championship. 

”Semtex” had a different plan in mind and had this to say on the matter:

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” Obviously first it’s Scott Smith, to get him out of the picture pretty quick, and then really I just want to take the biggest names that StrikeForce has on the route to the title or the people that I think are going to present me with the most challenge.” 

” Without being disrespectful to Cyborg or to Mr. Coker, I don’t think that a fight with Cyborg is something that I’m looking for at the moment to be honest with you.”

Daley then went on to talk about the possible match ups he’d be interested in:

” I’d rather fight K.J. Noons or Nick Diaz straight away or a Tyron Woodley, who’s really not a bigger name, but I respect him and I think that a fight with him will not only be a challenge for me, but will also be an exciting fight and a fight StrieForce can promote.”

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Daley added:

”Ideally, I’d like to fight Noons after I knock out Scott Smith.”

Some strong words from ”Semtex” he may already be looking past Scott Smith, which isn’t a wise thing to do. But he is right about one thing, anyone of those fighters he mentioned would be promotable for StrikeForce. Daley is also known for his ‘harsh’ words in the lead up to a fight so he could do his part on the promotional side of things too.